NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON): Adding to the run of Texas A&M Aggies drafted in the first round, Mike Evans was drafted by the the Bucaneers 7th overall in Thursday night’s NFL Draft.
The big strong wide out was Johnny Manziel’s favorite target at Texas A&M and will head to the NFL to catch passes from Josh McCown.
Evans was a two-sport star at Ball high school in Galveston, Texas, hauling in 25 catches for 648 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior while also averaging 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the basketball team.
He redshirted in 2011 before bursting onto the scene along with fellow redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel in 2012. Evans started all 13 games, leading the Aggies with 82 receptions for 1,105 yards, both school freshman records. He averaged 85.2 receiving yards per game and finished with five touchdowns.
Evans was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore while also earning first-team All-SEC honors. He led the Aggies with 65 catches for 1,322 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season, breaking Ryan Swope’s 2011 single-season school record of 1,207 receiving yards.
Evans caught four more passes for 72 yards in Texas A&M’s victory over Duke in the Chik-fil-A Bowl, during which his strengths and weaknesses were on full display. Evans’ size and physicality were often too much for the Blue Devils’ defenders to contend with downfield, but he also was flagged for a pair of post-play 15-yard penalties – one for arguing a pass interference penalty that wasn’t called and another for swiping at a defender’s arms. He had to be calmed down on the sideline by Manziel and coach Kevin Sumlin.
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